This is not a post where I’m going to denounce technology and social media, or say that it’s everything that’s wrong with the world, because it’s not. I find it very useful in moderation; my problem is I’m not very good at the moderation part.
I’ve noticed recently that I really struggle with doing nothing. If I’m waiting for someone, I have to get my phone out; for no real reason. I just aimlessly scroll through Facebook and think “well, this is all a load of rubbish.” I can’t just be.
Since the start of the year, I’ve regularly being going to yoga (yeah, this is the bit where I get all “hippy dippy”) and I feel like I’ve learned a lot about just being present; one of the main things being that I’m not actually very good at it.
I’m not giving up social media at all, but I am making a conscious effort to stop checking my phone every two minutes. I mean, phones are pretty good at notifications so if someone has sent me a message I could just wait for that rather than checking Whatsapp or Messenger “just in case”. Ironically, my social media checking has recently turned into constant email checking as I want for universities to get back to me about my masters course applications.
How do you feel about your relationship with your phone & social media?